How to Make a Wooden Storage Caddy

Learn how to build a space-saving storage crate to organize your work area

Under 2 hours

Every workspace should have a functional storage solution. Whether you need a central place to keep screws and safety gear or an easy way to sort craft items, a homemade wooden storage caddy can fill the need. Read below for step by step instructions on how to build your own with just a few tools.

What You Need

Cut List

  • (Two) 15 3/4-inch pieces from the 1- x 3-inch sides 
  • (One) 14 1/8-inch piece from the 1- x 3-inch long divider 
  • (Two) 12 7/8-inch pieces from the 1- x 3-inch ends 
  • (Two) 6-inch pieces from the 1- x 3-inch short dividers 
  • (One) 14 3/8- x 15 3/4-inch piece from the plywood bottom

Cut Diagram

Common Board
1
Measure and Mark
Measure and Mark

Using the measuring tape, measure and mark cuts on the boards according to the cut list.

2
Cut
Cut

Use a circular saw to make the straight cuts on the board.

Tip: Use a sanding block to smooth any rough edges.

3
Stain or Paint Boards
Stain or Paint Boards

Stain or paint boards prior to assembly, if desired.

4
Build the Frame
Build the Frame

• Sandwich the ends between both sides to create a rectangular frame.
• Attach with wood screws.

Tip: Use a drill bit slightly smaller than the screw (1/8-inch) to pre-drill holes in the wood. This will prevent the wood from splitting.

5
Attach bottom
Attach bottom

• Place the plywood along the bottom of the frame.
• Screw through the plywood and into the frame to secure the pieces.

6
Attach dividers
Attach dividers

• Center the long divider inside of the frame, running perpendicular to the ends.
• Secure with wood screws through the bottom and ends.
• Place both short dividers on each side of the long divider, making sure it’s centered.
• Secure with wood screws through the bottom and sides.

7
Attach handles
Attach handles

• Use supplied screws to secure handles.
• Check that the handles are centered on each end.

8
Insert containers
Insert containers

Place containers in the caddy.